Our team has been created to provide commercially experienced professionalism across a range of specialisms to accelerate corporate development.
As you would expect, we also have a network of contacts across media that we work with on specific assignments.
Debbie McMurray (CIS) (CIMA) is an expereined CFO to multiple international manufacturing and service companies has given her an incredibly broad experience in financial management including risk analysis, treasury, sustainability, controls, installation of new accounting software, planning and forecasting, financial team structuring, analytics, forensic accounting and reducing forex risk.
In her spare time she enjoys relaxing in her garden, planting beautiful flowers, reading and having family barbecues with her children and walking her two golden retrievers.
Dione (Dee) Hicks, ACA provides financial reporting, taxation support to our clients navigating compliance, investor readiness and tax planning. However frustrating and confusing accounting and compliance might seem, Dee’s unflappable approach and extensive experience supporting SMEs and their owners helps deliver a practical and considered outcome.
With two active teenagers, Dee’s weekends are busy with trips and pitch-side support but she also enjoys getting out for a run around the hills of Bath.
Fiona Colliver, CIPD is an experienced HR professional who provides practical and strategic support from employee engagement to disputes and restructuring programmes. She started her career in Financial Services, at Man Group and Credit Agricole, gaining a broad array of experience before moving to Insurance (Mercer). After a move to Somerset and self-employment she’s enjoyed working in a whole range of sectors with companies all over the UK.
Fiona has two young children and a very active Labrador, so when she isn’t working she can be found at the park, on school runs or on long walks with the dog. When she finds time she enjoys running and reading.
Jo Clayton qualified as a solicitor with Eversheds, working in private practice for a number of years before moving in-house to Future plc, latterly heading up the legal team. Jo has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, both on the supplier and customer side, as well as intellectual property and data protection issues. She likes to present legal advice in a pragmatic, down to earth way and takes time to understand and then concentrate on the real risks to her clients in the context of the deal she is advising on.
When not at work or on taxi duties, Jo enjoys time in the hills, running, cycling, walking her dog, reading and spending time with the family.
With senior roles including those at AirBnB (Partnerships Lead), Business in the Community (Lead for public/private partnerships) and Lloyds Bank Plc (Chief of Staff) Joanna Bunker has extensive experience and a natural flair for developing high performance teams based around a vision for change, despite sometimes challenging contexts. Her thinking provides an inspiration for boards to adopt practices combining profit and non-profit mindsets and to overcome reputational challenges (whether internal or external). Joanna works with the rest of our teams to lead advisory projects or provide non-executive support.
Joanna is a passionate international traveller.
Kate Bryan is a qualified solicitor. Having worked in private practice and inhouse, her commercial experience includes her role as Senior Legal Counsel at Eurostar and Director, Data Protection Officer at NYSE listed Royal Caribbean Group. Kate provides data protection and privacy advice and general commercial support to clients.
In her spare time, Kate plays piano and hits the gym.
With a background in market research coupled with years of senior level management in a fast-paced media environment, Kerry can provide general business mentoring, consultancy to support both management and teams and research-led projects to provide insight into your business, your products or your customers.
Kerry is an avid reader of books and can usually be found on her Kindle. In her spare time she loves to travel and has enjoyed some far flung adventures with her family to destinations such as Bhutan, Costa Rica and Japan (as well as to the caravan in Cornwall!). She also enjoys spin sessions at her local gym and taking her very active dogs on long country walks.
Michelle Heer, ACCA is a former Finance Director grounded in the operational requirements of SMEs. In addition, her strong operational experience as a General Manager of an international engineering business means she provides practical and integrated support to clients drawing on the sector experience in engineering and logistics including cost reduction, system implementation (SAP), forecasting and forex management.
When she isn’t removing obstacles to growth, Michelle enjoys watching her daughter jump over them, on her horse Daisy, and cycling along the south coast!
Nina Day has more than 14 years’ experience in an in-house legal environment with Future plc, and subsequently has worked independently on either a retained, ad hoc, or project-by-project basis, with a variety of clients, both small and large. Her specialities include commercial, intellectual property rights, company secretarial and acquisitions/disposals.
Nina enjoys spending as much of her free time as possible with her beloved horse, Steel, competing at one day events and hacking out with friends. Luckily for Nina, her husband enjoys supporting them as unofficial photographer, chief treat-giver and groom…
Richard Spilsbury FCA, FRSA founded Link Stone Advisory following roles as finance director and corporate development director at Future plc and Play Sports Group and assurance and assurance and advisory work at PwC. He supports clients with scale up, fundraising, business development, restructuring, exit and M&A based value creation (both transaction and beyond the deal).
Richard is a regular cinema and theatregoer; he also enjoys history and art, and sometimes tries his hand at sketching too. He keeps fit cycling and trail-running when he’s able to take time off from taxi and pitch-side duties for his teenage son.
Robert Price is a portfolio chair and non-executive director, with extensive experience in the creative industries including CEO at Amcomri Entertainment, Managing Director at Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment (UK & Nordics) and UK CEO at Future plc. His experience includes taking leadership teams through public market listings, creating turnaround strategies, and developing high performance executive teams. Robert is available for non-executive positions and CEO/founder mentoring.
Outside work Robert enjoys road cycling, snowboarding and hill-walking.
Sarah Youll ACA CTA trained at PwC, worked in hospitality and is our tax expert. Sarah is passionate about working with business owners and their management teams to help them understand and develop their internal processes and financial position so they can grow their business to its full potential. Sarah is comfortable working with all sizes of companies from small owner managed business through to international groups.
In her spare time Sarah runs a small holiday letting business on the North Cornwall coast and loves nothing more than finding an old derelict cottage to renovate (much to her husband’s horror!)
Vanessa Rooth is our EA, tirelessly working behind the scenes to support the team.
She has over 15 years of experience undertaking a variety of PA and EA roles across many industries from film to corporate to private. Vanessa’s values and skills of organisation, communication and integrity are attributes she applies to all her clients and their businesses.
In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys gardening (still learning), taking her dog for beach walks and supporting her children with their many activities!
Zina Pearce is a CTO and IT project and programme manager with a track record and broad experience from corporate IT transformation to product innovation startups, scale ups, complex international groups such as Toyota, Babcock International and government bodies including the European Commission.
Zina is comfortable across different IT environments applying her broad experience to develop IT environments, advance software development and implement systems, with specialisms in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and digital transportation.
When she’s not tackling IT challenges she’s busy creative writing. You can find her children’s book online at audible.com and she’s always busy dreaming up the next adventure.
Daisy. OK, she sneaked in, and we’re working on it.